Our Adult and Juven...

Our Adult and Juvenile Owls.  


Lloyd Bloom
Joined: 5 years ago
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April 8, 2021 5:15 pm  

My first GC post in retirement!

We have a great NextDoor site in our neighborhood, and some neighbors are always on the lookout for interesting wildlife.  This owl and his or her (not sure how to tell gender, except by hearing mom and pop hooting in turn - like us, the female is higher pitched, I am told) owlets turned out to be willing photography subjects and very tolerant of all the attention the neighbors have given them over the past several weeks.  The nest is about 25 or 30 feet above ground and the adult was another 20 or so feet higher, watching over the juveniles.

For Ulana, who asked a question about how I got the white background on a wood stork:  This shot had a few different challenges.  I was shooting into bright, blue sky.  This gave a blue cast to the sky and down at edges of the birds.  I decreased the blue saturation and used a graduated filter in LR to from the top corners to increase exposure at the edges.  Because there was out-of-focus Spanish moss hanging around the birds, the grad filters helped clear some of that out.  But, other Spanish moss was darker and I had to use a brush in PS to pick up the correct shade(s) of white and paint those out.  This one won't go in my portfolio (when I get back to updating that), but is here for the wildlife interest.   

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John Motzi
Joined: 4 years ago
Posts: 433
April 9, 2021 3:07 pm  

Hi Lloyd,

That adult owl looks right at home in the Spanish moss!  Tough light but you made it work.  So nice to be able to find such wildlife close to home!


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April 9, 2021 7:01 pm  


Very cool shots.   I love the clarity and agree with John that the processing works well.